Archives for May 2013

More Problems with Praise Music

This week, Carl R. Trueman from First Things and Charles Hopper at McSweeney’s explore the problems with praise music, expanding on T. David Gordon’s thoughtful article on The Problem with Praise Teams. Gordon focuses on how the phenomenon of the praise band misses the mark of a biblical definition of worship, arguing that the praise […]

The Problem with Praise Teams

There has been a good deal of discussion recently about the Praise Team/Praise Band phenomenon, a phenomenon that has become a liturgical commonplace.  Most of that discussion has centered around the practical issues of the expense, the placement of the instruments (front, side, back?), the adjusting of the volume, etc.  Many of us regard that […]

Some Warn Google Glass Could Degrade Artistic Standards…Of Porn

If you haven’t heard it before, pornography has driven a good amount of technological development in recent years, or so some argue. Though porn doesn’t seem to be the driving force behind its development, it seems Google Glass will also find itself taken up as a tool for the new drug. The International Business Times […]

How the West really lost God? By mediating sex, argues new book

Secularization wasn’t the inevitable result of the Enlightenment, it was the result of the widespread acceptance of a new media. More specifically, the mediating of the one flesh union with the technology of contraception. Or so argues Mary Eberstadt in her provocative new book that is sure to spark great debate, How the West Really Lost […]

Sea Change: James Cameron’s The Abyss as McLuhanian Apocalypse

James Cameron’s films, Hollywood blockbusters though they are, may also be read in terms of a Canadian sensibility that is prone to problematizing mankind’s relation to technology and communications media, as epitomized by Marshall McLuhan (see Babe 2000; Kroker 1984). The Terminator films are thus based on the idea of the nascent Internet as a […]

‘The Dark Side of the Digital’ Conference

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies hosted a conference last weekend titled ‘The Dark Side of the Digital‘. The conference’s website gave this as part of its description: The Dark Side of the Digital seeks proposals for critical, historical, and theoretical papers and creative presentations that shed light on some of the […]

The First 3D-Printed Gun

If you don’t know about 3D printing yet, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Just as printers can print text or images on sheets of paper, there are now printers that can print 3D objects. 25-year-old University of Texas law student and founder of the non-profit group Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson, has successfully created and […]

“The internet is where people are”: Paul Miller is back after a year without the Internet

“I was wrong.” Thus begins Paul Miller’s fascinating article for The Verge about his one-year hiatus from the Internet. What was he wrong about? It’s a been a year now since I “surfed the web” or “checked my email” or “liked” anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I’ve managed to stay disconnected, […]

The Secular C.S. Lewis: Neil Postman’s Unlikely Influence on Evangelicals

He was basically a secular Jew, and I am basically a conservative Christian, but he taught me more than almost any Christian I can think of (C. S. Lewis?). —Dr. T. David Gordon Dr. Gordon’s comment, which appeared in an online post among other recollections of Neil Postman (Rosen, 2003), demonstrates how well the media […]

Modern Reformation and Media Ecology

Modern Reformation, the flagship magazine of the White Horse Inn with Michael Horton, devotes most of its current issue (May-June, 2013) to media ecological content. Ryan Glomsrud, executive editor of the magazine, introduces the confessional-Protestant publication by saying “we have to think carefully, not only about how we use technology but about how technologies are […]

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